Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the state of Qatar and one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. Here are some interesting facts about the company that boasts being one of the big success stories of the aviation industry.
- The company began as a small regional carrier serving a handful of routes before its re-launch in 1997 under the mandate of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who had a vision to turn Qatar Airways into a leading international airline.
- Qatar Airways achieved great success under the dynamic leadership of Akbar Al Baker, appointed in 1997, and who helped the airline grow into an award-winning carrier.
- An important milestone was reached for Qatar Airways in April 2011 as it reached 100 destinations in its global route map.
- It was named by Skytrax Global Survey ‘Airline of the Year 2011’, ‘Airline of the Year 2012’ and ‘Airline of the Year 2015’.
- As of October 2013, Qatar Airways joined OneWorld, a global alliance of the world’s
- The company, which started with only four aircraft in 1997, boasts today having more than 170 aircraft operating to more than 150 destinations worldwide. It has one of the world’s youngest fleets with an average aircraft age under four years old.
- Around 320 new aircraft worth more than US$70 billion are on order books and should be delivered over the next few years.
- The airline expanded to 8 new destinations in 2015: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (six flights/week), Zanzibar, Tanzania (Five/week), Sialkot, Pakistan (Four/week), Faisalabad, Pakistan (Three /week), Abha, Saudi Arabia (Four/week), Nagpur, India (daily flights) and Durban, South Africa (Four/week).
- In 2016, Qatar Airways will serve new destinations like Los Angeles, USA (daily flights), Ras Al Khaimah, UAE (daily) Sydney, Australia (daily), Boston, USA (daily), Birmingham, UK (eight flights/week), Adelaide, Australia (daily), and Atlanta, USA (daily).